Comparing the New Hyundai Elantra with Other Compact Sedans

Finding the right compact sedan in Joliet requires researching the specs, dimensions, and features of the options of the class, and there are quite a few compact sedans to consider. Popular brands around the surrounding area, like Toyota, Kia, and Honda, each have compact sedan options with qualities ranging from efficiency to affordability that we know drivers want from this unique class. But, we think that the new Hyundai Elantra stands up to any of those competing sedans, and we're ready to show it!

Below, car shoppers will find comparisons between the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Kia Forte, so check them out to see which compact sedan is right for you!


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Hyundai Elantra vs. Toyota Corolla

  • While the compact sedan class name doesn't sound like it guarantees lots of space, the Hyundai Elantra manages to provide it. It has more headroom for each row and a larger trunk than the Toyota Corolla, but the largest Elantra advantage comes in rear hip room, which is where it has 51.9 inches compared to just 43.9 inches in the Corolla, which will feel cramped with three back there.
  • Downers Grove car shoppers may not expect performance from a compact sedan, but the Hyundai Elantra provides more standard horsepower and torque than the Corolla. Really want to let loose? The Elantra is available with a 201-horsepower engine, which the Corolla doesn't come close to matching.
  • Cabin space and sportiness are rare among compact sedans, but affordability isn't, and this trait is still an area the Elantra comes out on top. It has a lower starting price than the Toyota Corolla, and the Hyundai Elantra SEL trim, starting below $20,000, comes standard with blind spot monitoring, Apple CarPlay, and heated side mirrors, which the standard Corolla can't match.

Hyundai Elantra vs. Honda Civic

  • Affordability is a trait that draws many around Tinley Park to the Hyundai Elantra, and that shows with its starting price that's much lower than what the Honda Civic base starts at. In fact, the second trim level of the Elantra, which comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and blind spot monitoring, has a price closer to the Civic base model, which doesn't come standard with those features.
  • If you want the ride of your compact sedan to captivate you, the Hyundai Elantra Sport, with 201 horsepower, 195 pound-feet of torque, and an available dual-clutch automatic transmission, is an option to consider. They Honda Civic tops out at 174 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque, and its continuously variable transmission is slow to accelerate.
  • We know many drivers shopping for a compact sedan plan to use it for commutes to the city, and if you're carpooling, the Hyundai Elantra has a wider back seat than the Honda Civic so that your passengers don't feel as cramped as they would in the Civic.

Hyundai Elantra vs. Kia Forte

  • Compact sedans aren't most famous for their performance, but the Hyundai Elantra offers the option for it with its Sport trim. This Elantra trim has 201 horsepower, 195 pound-feet of torque, and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that shifts quickly and effortlessly. The Kia Forte only has one engine, a 147-horsepower four-cylinder with 132 pound-feet of torque, and no transmission as impressive as that of the Elantra.
  • Taller drivers fit more easily in the Elantra since it has more headroom for them than the Kia Forte does, and the Forte is another compact sedan that can't match how much hip room the Elantra provides those in the second row.
  • Want lots of bang for your buck? The Hyundai Elantra Value Edition is true to its name with an affordable price bring standard features like heated seats, a power sunroof, and hands-free access to the trunk, which are features only standard on the priciest Kia Forte trim option.


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